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Aloft at Hermès Presents 'Vanishing Workflows' by Xavier Antin

The French artist brings together the polarised worlds of nature and commerce.
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Vanishing Workflows, by French artist Xavier Antin, tells the intertwined story of production and civilisation from past to future. The installation draws the link between commerce and nature through prints of various flowers and a sculpture-like Bitcoin machine, provoking global questions about the value of future labour, production, industry and economics in today’s digitised world.

“The exhibition is inspired by Singapore, the lush tropical vegetation of its parks and gardens and the importance of its banking and financial services,” shares Antin.

“The key focus here is the tension between technology and nature, the visible and the hidden, and the ancestral theme of vanity in painting which traditionally, addresses questions about representation and the human condition in general.”
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His works draw a parallel between the economic and social impact that came about from the Gutenberg printing technique and digitisation; two inventions that changed the course of civilisation.

Xavier Antin studied at the Royal Collage of Art and Ensad before going on to show his works throughout galleries around the world. His love for books and his training as a graphic designer have shaped his interest in the reproduction technologies of image and text. The 37-year-old is fascinated with the idea of production processes, notably the impact of technological advances and how they shape perception and behaviour.

Vanishing Workflows by Xavier Antin
14 December 2018 to 10 March 2019
10:30 am to 8:00 pm daily
Admission is free
Aloft at Hermès, 541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers


Photos:  Edward Hendricks

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